White Dunes

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  • Francesco Carucci
    Francesco Carucci
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    Landscape & Nature Photography
    on: July 1, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Happy to see photopxl running!

    My first post.

    From my recent trip to White Sands National Monument.

    A99II, Sony 16-35ZA at 24mm, f/11.

    Accompanying video right in front of the scene:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFm8cwrIEzA&t=43s

    Thoughts and comments are more than welcome. Thanks!

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    Kevin Raber
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #1 on: July 1, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    So glad to see you posting here. Excellent image from a very cool location.

    One thing, the center of the sky is darker than the rest of the sky, kind of like a reverse vignette. It would look great to try to even the whole sky out. when this happens to me I use viveza in the NIK software package and selective go into those regions and lighten or darken to match.

    I might also try warming up the whole scene especial the blue tint in the top of the dune. You could do that with color editor in C1 or in HSL in LR.

    Just my 10 cents. Lovely image though.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Kevin Raber
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #2 on: July 1, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    BTW, cool video too.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Francesco Carucci
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #3 on: July 2, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Thanks Kevin! Definitely, the darker spot in the sky has been bothering me greatly. Haven’t been able to touch it up convincingly yet. I need to resurrect Viveza and try with it.

    edit: yep, much better now, thanks!

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    Slobodan Blagojevic
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #4 on: July 2, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Lovely pastels and light. Elegant composition too.

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #5 on: July 2, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Superb photo. Great composition and lighting, nice choice of time of day.

    Mark D Segal
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    Francesco Carucci
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #6 on: July 5, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you, Mark! I’m humbled by your kind words.

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    Paulo Bizarro
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    Reply #7 on: July 12, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Very nice photo.

    Lance Lewin
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #8 on: July 12, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Agreeing with the post above – really enjoying the lovely pastel colors in this composition – calming, relaxing. My first visit to NM was last year, and gee – what a lovely place! Hope to visit White Sands next time I am there. Lovely image, Francesco.

    One comment: I feel if we can take out or adjust (a little) of the blue color cast that seems to be blanketing the entire scene, perhaps a better balance between pink and blue will result and increase the already succulent pastels.  Just a thought.

    Lance A. Lewin

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    Francesco Carucci
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #9 on: August 25, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Thanks everyone! I made some of the changes suggested here, submitted to the International Photographic Competition 2019 and got into the Loan Collection! I’m delighted and I definitely owe everyone here a beer 🙂

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: White Dunes
    Reply #10 on: August 25, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Congrats!! Well done. 🙂

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    Victoria, BC
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